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Sunday, March 09, 2008

On making OA data findable

Chris Rusbridge, Data, repositories and Google, Digital Curation Blog, March 7, 2008.
... So: in the first place, Google et al are unlikely to index data, particularly unusual data types. And in the second place, repositories encourage metadata, which does get indexed. So from this point of view at least, a repository may provide better exposure for your data (and hence more data re-use) than simply making the files web-accessible.

This doesn't mean that current, library-oriented repositories are yet fit for purpose for science data! Far from it...